Do You Want Your Receipt?


Next time you make a purchase and the cashier asks if you want the receipt, you might want to say “no thanks!” because that receipt could make you sick. No, I’m not talking about the germs that might be on that tiny piece of paper, I’m talking about the toxic synthetic chemical known as bisphenol A (BPA).

Turns out the thermal printers used to print out those receipts use bisphenol A which is absorbed through the skin. Bisphenol A is a potent carcinogen, and neurotoxic  chemical, that has been linked to over 50 adverse health effects.

And while you’re thinking about how much you’ve been exposed over the years of being handed receipts, think about the poor cashier who has to hand one to every customer who comes through her line, all day long.

Additionally, it has been shown the absorption greatly increases when the BPA is mixed with certain other substances like hand sanitizers which many cashiers use often throughout the day to protect themselves from the germs on the money they handle.

You can read more about this issue in a report published by 

The abstract is entitled “Bisphenol A, Bisphenol S, and 4-Hydroxyphenyl 4-Isoprooxyphenylsulfone (BPSIP) in Urine and Blood of Cashiers

Continued exposure to BPA linked to Male Sexual Dysfunction

A new study reported by Oxford Journals ( and available in a downloadable pdf here, a link has been found between bisphenol-A (BPA) and adverse effects on male sexual dysfunction.

BPA is present in many plastics, epoxy resins and polycarbonates from plastic drinking bottles and baby bottles to some dental sealants. Routine urine tests have found that most people are exposed to some levels of BPA. As quoted from the article In a national sample of the US population, more than 90% of spot urine samples had detectable BPA with a median urine level of 2.7 mg/l (Calafat et al.,2005; Calafat et al., 2008; National Toxicology Program, 2008). Since BPA has a fast metabolism rate (half-life time ,6 h) (National Toxicology Program, 2008), this finding suggests a continuous exposure to BPA in the US population.”

At increased risk are workers in plants where exposure to BPA might be present.

The adverse sexual dysfunctions identified in men included problems getting or maintaining an erection, orgasmic difficulties, decrease or loss of sexual desire and overall dissatisfaction with sex life.

The article though fairly extensive emphasizes the need for further study.